Why Insulate An Agricultural Building?
If you have a livestock barn, a shed where you store your farm machinery or you operate a poultry farm, insulation can play a large part in sustaining and protecting stock. Farm buildings are often thought of as damp and cold spaces with poor quality internal environments that are susceptible to disease and infection. When an agricultural building is well protected from seasonal temperature variances, the internal environment can help to improve the lifespan of your assets.
During winter months, moisture and condensation can cause havoc with livestock, food/grain stores and machinery. A layer of insulation within the building assembly can help to equalise the internal environment to make winters warmer and drier whilst excessive summertime heat can be eliminated. With most agricultural buildings constructed using asbestos, cement fibre or metal corrugated surfaces, insulation can also help to prevent the deterioration of these elements by removing surface condensation.
Types Of Agricultural Buildings
From chicken sheds to grain silos, agricultural buildings come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. It is often difficult to insulate agricultural buildings using traditional materials such as fibre or PIR board. The requirement for mechanical fixing can damage roof and wall substrates whilst the insulate will always be subject to gravity.
With grain silos, chicken sheds and dutch barns being curved structures, it is impossible for pre-manufactured insulation to follow the curve with a seamless, monolithic, airtight seal. When undertaking insulation works, there will generally be a common theme – corrugated surfaces! – which are also difficult to insulate.
How To Insulate An Agricultural Building
The generally corrugated surface and irregular shape of agricultural buildings will prevent them from being insulated effectively with pre-manufactured materials. Fulfilling a retrospective insulation programme can be time consuming, creating significant disruption to the daily activities. Specific consideration should be given for how the insulation will be fitted to the building envelope.
Gravitational pull may eventually lead to the potential dislodgement of pre-manufactured insulation materials and they will generally offer little in the way of improving the structural integrity, if desired. Spray Foam Insulation represents the most effective way to insulate livestock barns, silo/grain stores, dutch barns and other agricultural buildings. The foam will adhere to the surface and has exceptional bond strength to metal, asbestos and cement-fibre.
Why Choose Spray Foam Insulation?
Closed cell spray foam insulation is the preferred choice for use in agricultural buildings. The foam is spray-applied as a liquid and rapidly expands once it hits the surface. The adhesive bond helps to make closed cell spray foam the most durable option that should last with the life of the building, guaranteed to remain in place for up to 25 years.
The seamless layer of closed cell insulation will provide different benefits at difference thicknesses. Up to 25mm is generally enough to completely eliminate surface condensation whilst 50mm will help to retain some heat within the building and will make some difference to summertime solar gain. For the best thermal performance, 100mm to 150mm will help to meet modern thermal targets, leaving the building with minimal heating and cooling costs.